MP3 A Thousand Times Yes - Heart Beats
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ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Folky Pop
The city of Detroit is unlike any other city nestled in the diverse confines of the United States. Its streets are littered with personality; step one way and youâll find yourself entrenched in a mysterious cloud of smoke bubbling up from the cities countless sewers. A step in another direction could lead you into the cultural avalanche that is Mexican town. But, no matter where you go, diversity (as well as a little bit of danger) is guaranteed to rigidly tap your shoulder and demand attention. Check that. Itâll grab you by the shoulders and shake you to your knees, leaving you forever affected by the struggles itâs seen throughout its years. Itâs fitting, then, that one of the most diverse and dynamic rock bands the city can call its own has not only drawn inspiration from this metropolis in waiting, but echoes itâs every nook and cranny in their ever evolving, hardly derivative and character-filled epicness. That band is A Thousand Times Yes; and like the city of Detroit, they have embraced an ethic purely based on defying the expected.
When a direction seems fully plotted within the context of a song, the three horsemen (actually two horsemen and one horsewoman â drummer Greg Evangelista âLull Tuckerâ, singer/guitarist Joe Hoffman âCasper Von Hoffmanâ and singer/bassist Audra Marks âSparxâ ) snap the reigns and charge full on down rarely beaten paths of manic tempos, restrained beauty and bursts of poetic fury. Comparisons could be countless or very few; it just simply wonât matter once the fevered rush of the bandâs push and pull sets in. It can be as fast paced as Jefferson Ave. in the middle of a workday, or as stark and haunting as the Cass Corridor at 4 a.m. And thatâs the beauty of a band intent on wooing you with the charms of heart and struggle. But, where and how did that struggle begin? Some say in Rhythm, South Dakota, where the three dusty punks with their hearts sewn on the outside of their t-shirts found themselves surrounded by the air of kindred spirits. Others proclaim it started in the bookish, yet surprisingly disheartened realms of Michiganâs state capital. Whether or not either happened â whether or not you want or need to know the truth â is of no consequence. In truth, itâs the power of song that dropped like-minded magnets in the pockets of Lull, Casper and Sparx; one based off of the story-telling nature of folk and the furious delivery of punk, with equal amounts of pop and post-rock thrown in for good measure. Itâs a simple mix that often times comes off with complicated results. But, donât be fooled: A Thousand Times Yes are not here to show their superiority over you. This is a band fashioned on a sense of community â a sense of togetherness â that will win your heart and your mind over.
After incarnations that found them playing basements and bars with rustic glee, the band collaborated on their first attempt at a body of recorded work. With the writing, recording and release of âMichigan,â the mitten-state was used as a foil that not only provided initial inspiration to the group, but an almost lifeblood holding the songs up when even they couldnât tell if one was set to collapse. Called a âquintessentially American album â delicate, fragile and honestâ by Repellent Zine, the band tackles geographic struggles of the heart and mind with a confidence that often behests other bands with the gall to attempt something that comes close to having a âconcept.â And here we are again, roads traveled, friends made and music hatched from the womb of our three heroes. After countless performances in Detroitâs familiar watering holes, and successful tours completed, sharing the stage with such acts as: Back In Spades, The Fags, Thunderbirds Are Now!, +/-, John Doe, The New Year, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Slumber Party, The Dismemberment Plan and We Ragazzi, the band has sewn together more songs that zero in on the uncharacteristic beauty that the city emits. âHeart Beatsâ is the answer to âMichiganââs sense of longing, confusion and heart ache, as the gears are wound tighter, the words are all together as direct as they are abstract and the intensity level is stretched to its most dangerous capacity. With the buoyant pleas of such new songs asâBody Of My Ownâ and the slicing screech of âSibling Rivalry, Sibling Loveâ an undeniable heat is generated; one that can only be matched by the smoke bubbling up from Detroitâs underbelly. And like the cities hard-working, blue collar peoples, A Thousand Times Yes deliver a muscle that isnât based off of random acts of violence. Itâs one based off of honesty; a quality that brings the band and the city even closer together with tightness that could deflate even Detroitâs most essential hipsterâs garage-rock affiliation. Despite their love and admiration for Detroitâs greased gears, this is a band that eschews genres and stereotypes, unlike many of the better-known city-dwellers with a stash of vintage gear and Mick Collinsâ number on speed dial. Fittingly, calling a record âHeart Beatsâ is, in essence, what keeps this band not only separate and original â itâs what keeps them alive.
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